For humans, water is the second most important resource behind air.
The most the average human can go without clean drinking water is three days — with the maximum being a week.
That being said…
The water in Flint, Michigan, isn’t clean.
The reason why it isn’t clean doesn’t have anything to do with the actual water — it comes down to gross mismanagement and incompetence among city officials.
Well, it appears that the city of Flint could no longer afford to get its water from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, which supplied treated water from both Lake Huron and the Detroit River — and ended up switching over to water sourced from the Flint River instead.
Well, here’s where the incompetence of Flint’s elected officials comes in. They failed to apply corrosion inhibitors to the water — which ended up allowing the lead from aging pipes to seep into the water supply…
This led to extremely dangerous levels of the heavy-metal neurotoxin to be present in the water, exposing over 100,000 residents to this health-threatening scenario.
There’s a Big Problem — but What’s the FIX?
Even after all this happened and an offer was on the table to reconnect the city to the treated Lake Huron water — city officials declined.
Because they were concerned about prices.
Got to keep them coffers filled! Who CARES about the health of your citizens, right?
Public outcry to this was incredible…
You couldn’t open social media without reading or hearing about the sad state of affairs in the city of Flint.
That may be why then-Governor Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency…
Were he to do nothing — he’d have been the villain du jour and would have to deal with the political backlash of it all.
So, due to mismanagement by Flint’s elected officials — all Michiganders would have to shoulder the load of fixing the city’s water supply as millions of dollars in aid were funneled to the city.
How much, exactly?
$390 million was diverted, as a matter of fact…
And it all started four years ago.
So, how was that money used, and what is the state of Flint’s water supply now?
Well, $144 million was used to buy safe drinking water — which, if you can do basic math, means less than HALF of the amount funneled their way.
Where has the rest gone?
Less Than HALF Went to WATER … Where’d the Rest Go?!
Well, according to the state budget tally, $129 million was spent on economic and “social” development such as a youth basketball league, free daycare for children age 3 and under, and residents who were paid to sign up for government benefits.
But not enough of it went to where it needed to go…
As stewards of the money, Flint officials should have used it to rectify the situation and put the rest up to deal with whatever health effects of the lead-laden water show up.
Yet people are still whining about the water in Michigan — which, by the way, they switched away from in 2015.
People want to point their fingers at the federal government…
But Flint has had more than enough money to fix the problem for YEARS and hasn’t taken all the necessary steps to do so.
What does that tell you?
It tells you that the people in charge need to be flushed down the crapper…
It’s time for people who know what they’re doing to take over and do what’s right for the people of Flint.
“In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.” ― Laurence J. Peter